We were going to leave Virginia on Thursday but it rained heavily in the morning. Since our schedule is a kind of flexible, we decided to wait until Friday. When you drive in the rain the car and motorcycle get very dirty, and who wants to drive in the rain anyhow! Friday’s weather was scheduled to be much better so we left Virginia early that morning. We ran into a rain storm on I-81, so we just pulled into a truck stop and read for about a half hour. The rest of the trip was uneventful except for high and gusty winds. High winds present a bit of a challenge when driving a vehicle that is 41′ long and 13′ high, but we hung on to the wheel and made the trip without a problem.
For the next week (at least) we are staying in the Mayberry Campground in Mount Airy, NC. Most people know the name Mayberry from the Andy Griffith Show of the ’60s. Many of us grew up watching the show, while a certain teacher at Susquehannock HS will probably claim to have read about it in her history book! Mount Airy is the hometown of Andy Griffith, and the fictional town of Mayberry is based on his memory of growing up. It’s a nice little town with many shops and sights, many related to the TV show as the locals have cashed in on the Mayberry theme.
The campground is fairly new and built on a hillside. The owner gave us a choice of sites with the best one, in his opinion, on the top of the hill (the one he uses when in his fifth wheel trailer) as it has the best views. It does have the best views but backs up to I-74, which makes a bit of noise. But after living next to I-83 for 25 years, we don’t even notice.
The nice thing about this site is that it sits by itself so we have privacy, a nice lawn that someone else mows, and a great view of the park and the Blue Ridge Mountains to our west.
We are only about 35 miles from Winston-Salem, so we’ll go in today to visit Wake Forest University, Kevin’s alma mater.
More on that later . . .